I’m a green smoothie (and green juice) kind of girl and I like to change the way I go ‘green’ from time to time. Typically my smoothies get their green from spinach and kale, but from time to time I’ve been known to buy a bunch of collard greens and throw those in, too. Then, there are days when I’m overdue for a grocery store run so there are no fresh greens on hand. I usually improvise, but that might no longer be necessary as I’ve found a new favorite item at the grocery store.
You’ll find it in the frozen vegetable section… it’s Earthbound Farm’s Organic Collard Greens. The bag is full of small pieces of collard greens, frozen in a way that they don’t clump up. The re-sealable bag makes it easy to grab a handful to add to your smoothies, especially on those mornings when you realize you’re out of fresh kale or spinach. You could easily cook them up to add to hot quinoa or pasta.
Collard Greens are full of goodness! They are a cruciferous vegetable that is high in vitamins A, C, K and minerals like iron, calcium, selenium, manganese and zinc. (Because of its high vitamin K and membership in the cruciferous vegetable family, eat sparingly if you have a thyroid disorder or take blood thinners.) Add this leafy green to your smoothies, cook and add to eggs or add chopped fresh collards to a salad. Collards help lower cholesterol, fend-off disease, aid in digestion and reduce inflammation overall. However you enjoy it, know it’s giving you a boost of nutrition in a quick and easy way.
Here’s a quick summer smoothie recipe to get you started:
Add to blender:
10 oz. Almond Milk
1 cup organic strawberries
½ cup organic raspberries
2 TBSP flax seeds
1 cup frozen collard greens
3-4 ice cubes
Blend until well combined. Enjoy!